Bright Ideas Application Process


Note: Please indicate whether your proposed project can transition or adapt to a digital learning environment. If so, explain how the project will enhance learning in a digital setting. All applications will be considered, whether or not projects can move to a digital learning environment. Questions should be directed to Karen Ewing at [email protected].

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now closed. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be available in August 2024.


Bright Ideas supports innovative and creative teacher-developed classroom projects that are not funded through general education funds.


  • Applicant must be a state-certified educator in a middle school in Jackson EMC’s service area. Check the list of eligible schools* below before applying.
  • Project must benefit students in grades 6-8.
  • Teacher may only apply for one project per school year.
  • Grants are open to all subjects, including connections.
  • Instructions must be followed completely or application will be disqualified.

Selection Criteria for Projects

  • Provides innovative and creative learning experiences for students.
  • Increases interest and elevates the level of learning, teaching and the overall educational experience.
  • Provides defined goals and learning objectives.
  • Benefits a greater number of students year after year.
  • Provides ongoing uses in the classroom for students.
  • Supports the continuous improvement of education in Georgia.
  • Project funding is not otherwise available.

Grants are for innovative classroom projects only. Grant requests will NOT be considered for the following: professional development, field trips, student fees, salaries, incentives, furniture, Smart Boards, or PCs /laptops. Grant requests for classroom equipment, such as printers, software or hand-held electronic tablet-like devices, must be program-related.

Preparing Your Grant Application

Please reference the Bright Ideas Grant Proposal Rubric to ensure the highest possible score.

Tips from the Judges:

  • The stated project objectives must match the proposed project summary.
  • Applications must be grammatically correct, thoughtful and serious; your writing should relate to proposed ideas and topical areas.
  • The proposal narrative should effectively address the major topical areas: summary, innovation, implementation and objectives.

Application Instructions:

  • All applications must be completed and received online using the automated application form by midnight on Sept. 5, 2023. No hand written applications will be accepted.
  • Do not include any identifying information (i.e. your name(s), the name of your county, school or mascot on Parts 2, 3 and 4. These sections are sent to an independent judges panel comprised of university level educators.
  • Word limits and guidelines must be followed. Do not send supplementary materials. A member of our team will contact you if clarification is needed.
  • Each teacher may apply for one grant per school year and all applications must be approved by the school’s principal.
  • Grants will be awarded to state-certified middle school teachers instructing students in grades 6 -8 in a middle school in Jackson EMC’s service area.
  • Applicants agree Jackson EMC has the right to use names, photos, project and information about grant in publicity.
  • Failure to follow all application guidelines will result in disqualification. Judges' decisions are final.

Successful Applicant

Grant recipients will be notified and funds will be awarded in late October/early November. Grant funds should be used within the academic school year awarded and grant recipients must provide a written grant report detailing the outcome of the grant.


Direct any questions about the program to Karen Ewing at [email protected].

*Eligible Schools

Please check this list to make sure your school is eligible before applying.

Academies of Discovery at South HallEast Jackson Comprehensive High School (8th Grade)North Hall Middle School
Athens Christian SchoolEast Jackson Middle SchoolNorthbrook Middle School
Barrow Arts & Sciences AcademyGainesville Middle SchoolOsborne Middle School
Barrow – Arts & Innovation Magnet ProgramGreater Atlanta Christian SchoolRadloff Middle School
Banks County Middle SchoolHaymon-Morris Middle SchoolRichards Middle School
Bear Creek Middle SchoolHebron Christian AcademyRussell Middle School
Berkmar Middle SchoolHull Middle SchoolSouth Hall Middle School
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle SchoolJefferson Middle SchoolSummerour Middle School
C.W. Davis Middle SchoolJones Middle SchoolSweetwater Middle School
Cherokee Bluff Middle SchoolJordan Middle SchoolTwin Rivers Middle School
Chestatee AcademyLakeview AcademyW. R. Coile Middle School
Coleman Middle SchoolLanier Christian AcademyWest Hall Middle School
Commerce Middle SchoolLegacy Knoll Middle SchoolWest Jackson Middle School
Creekland Middle SchoolLilburn Middle SchoolWestside Middle School
Dacula Middle SchoolLumpkin County Middle SchoolWorld Language Academy Middle School
The Da Vinci Academy at South HallMadison County Middle School
Duluth Middle SchoolMcConnell Middle School
East Hall Middle SchoolMoore Middle School